Thursday, August 04, 2011

More Fishery Notices: Area 4 Skeena

Two quick Fishery Notices just arrived. The first one mentions that Area 4Skeena gillnet openings are being further assessed. And immediately after that comes one announcing a 4 day seine opening!!
It really looks like DFO is going to push the boundaries this year and go back to the days of maximizing commercial fishing opportunity.
Time to start paying attention folks as once the commercial folks get fishing they dont like to stop for anything, especially those pesky steelhead that get in the way.

So, there was a gillnet opening today and on Monday...and now they are considering another one possibly the day after tomorrow...

COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net
Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 Subject: FN0669-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net - Area C - Areas 3 & 4 - Sockeye Assessment
Area 3

Assessment continues. Next announcement Friday, Aug 05.

Area 4

Assessment continues. Next announcement Friday, Aug 05.

COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine
Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0670-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine - Area A - Area 4 - Opening
Area 4 Sockeye

Seines open daylight hours only from 06:00 hours Friday, Aug 05 to 22:00 hours
Monday, Aug 08 in Subareas 4-9, 4-12 seaward of a line from the prominent point
south of Tsum Tsadai Inlet to the red can buoy positioned approx. 0.7 nautical
miles south of Kitson Island to the red flashing light west of Agnew Bank to
the southernmost point of Coast Island thence true east to Ridley Island, and
west of a line from the westernmost point of Croasdaile Island true north to
Smith Island, and south of a line from Gamble Pt to Parry Pt & 4-15 south of a
line from Clara Pt To Hanmer Pt. Min bunt mesh 70 mm. V.O.# 2011-NCSAL-036

Note: All portions of 4-12 except for that portion north of 53 degrees 59
minutes 05 seconds and south of 54 degrees 04 minutes 00 seconds and east of
130 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds and west of 130 degrees 11 minutes 00 seconds
(this excludes the west shore of Kennedy Island from the shallow net
restriction) and 4-15 are restricted to 3.75 strip nets.

This Area 4 seine ITQ fishery is directed towards sockeye salmon, but pink and
coho may be retained. Chinook, chum and steelhead are mandatory release. 

This is an Individual Transferable Quota fishery.  The aggregate seine quota
for this week is 21,600 sockeye salmon.  The individual transferable quota
share of sockeye is 0.9259% (e.g. 1/108 licenses).  This equates to 200 sockeye
per licence for this fishing week from Aug 04 to Aug 08.  There may be an
extension of time and/or an increase in quota based on catches and the Skeena
River run size estimate. 

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